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Chris Canty Rips Tiki Barber’s Defense of NFL Owners: ‘You’re The Problem!’

“If you’re a part of the crowd that comes up with convenient excuses and/or asks for more time, you’re the problem!”

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After watching Tiki Barber’s appearance on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 Thursday night, ESPN Radio host Chris Canty was upset enough that he had to respond on Twitter.

What set Canty off was Barber following up on comments he made on his WFAN show that the Mara family, owners of the New York Giants, weren’t racist in his experience.

“To blanket call, generalize that NFL teams or executives within those teams are racist is a generalization that will always be wrong,” Barber told Cooper. “Because you can’t just say that based on what history has shown us as far as hiring is concerned.”

You can watch the segment below:

The Giants have come under scrutiny with Brian Flores alleging racial discrimination in NFL hiring practices. In his lawsuit against the league, Flores cited a text message exchange with Bill Belichick which tipped off that the Giants had already decided to hire Brian Daboll as their head coach before Flores’s scheduled interview for the same position.

“They embraced me like I was family. I know them intimately,” Barber said on WFAN’s Tiki and Tierney show Wednesday. “So when I say I don’t believe they’re racist, it’s because I know they’re not.”

Saying that history has refuted the contention that NFL teams’ hiring practices for head coaches are racist sent Canty to Twitter.

It’s a pretty easy argument against the NFL’s “Rooney Rule” mandating that minority candidates be interviewed for head-coach openings to point out that there were two Black head coaches in the league when the rule was implemented in 2003. Now, there is only one. As Canty points out, there were once as many as six Black head coaches in the NFL, but the trend has clearly gone in the opposite direction.

By saying otherwise and citing history as evidence to defend the NFL owners, Barber is “the problem” in Canty’s view. Among those who agreed with Canty’s criticism against Barber was ESPN analyst Damien Woody.

Whether or not Canty takes his feelings on Barber’s remarks to his ESPN Radio show with Mike Golic Jr. remains to be seen (or heard). But an exchange of differing opinions — or a war of words, to put it more strongly — would certainly make for some compelling radio.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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